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Can Christianity save the West? And which church?

September 19th, 2017 by Bookslinger

Bruce C has written of a need for return to basic/mere Christianity in his blog albionawakening.blogspot.com/ (more…)

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September 19th, 2017 17:56:53

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 4

May 24th, 2017 by Vader

In the previous posts of this series, I developed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential decisions; briefly discussed the three key concepts in this definition (ability, meaningfulness, and consequence); and described liberty as the set of social constructs we erect to sustain freedom.

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May 24th, 2017 14:44:16

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 3

May 15th, 2017 by Vader

In the first part of this series of posts, I proposed a definition of freedom as the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. I offered some explanation of the three elements of this definition, namely: ability, meaningfulness, and consequence. In the second part of this series of posts, I reflected on the significance of freedom as a gift from God, pointed out that there is strong opposition to freedom, and described liberty as the set of social and legal constructs we are duty-bound to erect and sustain to protect and enhance freedom.

In this post, I will discuss some of the aspects of liberty that support the second element of freedom, namely, meaningfulness.

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May 15th, 2017 05:19:17

Notes towards a definition of freedom, part 2

May 08th, 2017 by Vader

The first part of this series of posts proposed a definition of freedom: Freedom is the ability to make meaningful and consequential choices. There I suggested that ability implied a free will, understood as a first cause capable of initiating new causal chains. Meaningful choices are ones which can be made rationally between distinguishable alternatives. Consequential choices are ones that have lasting significance. I further proposed that, in the divine scheme of things, lasting significance implies an eternal Judgment of those choices. Reconciling these attributes of freedom with the omniscience, omnipotence, and benevolence of God requires that the causal chains generated by choices exist in a sphere significant to God, but in which He chooses not to exercise His full omnipotence, and which is bounded by His taking the causal chains arising from evil choices into Himself, in the person of the Son, via the Atonement.

In this post, I summarize my understanding of why freedom is a gift from an benevolent God, why it is precious, and  how this understanding informs our approach to liberty, here defined as the social and legal constructs that arise from our understanding of freedom and its worth.

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May 08th, 2017 05:15:20

Notes towards a definition of freedom

May 02nd, 2017 by Vader

A summary of my understanding of freedom and its problems, based in part on things I have long understood and in part on recent insights gained at this blog.

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May 02nd, 2017 13:19:13

“The Left can cite scripture for its own purpose”

April 05th, 2017 by Vader

This is the theocracy of the casually religious — and it’s even less attractive than the theocracy of the Biblically extreme.

Thus Ben Shapiro

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April 05th, 2017 10:41:46

For Those Who Disagree

January 29th, 2017 by MC

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What’s the right way to act when you disagree with the Church?

I’m not asking this question because it’s some sort of novel situation I find myself in. Far from it. Who doesn’t have disagreements with the Church? Even with the prophets, dead or living? Even with (*installs lightning rod*) the Word of God itself as recorded in the scriptures? There are thousands of pages of scriptures, conference talks, Church policies, Sunday School lessons, half-remembered anecdotes from your batty old aunt about how they used to run things in the pre-war M.I.A., etc. The odds that you could thoughtfully ponder all that and not find some points of honest disagreement are astronomical. (more…)

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January 29th, 2017 02:35:58

Rage Against the Machine

May 03rd, 2016 by MC

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My oldest will be old enough for Kindergarten in the fall. The small talk question of the moment from our fellow parents is, “Where are you enrolling him?” In our school district, that’s more than a geography question. It’s a big district with more or less open enrollment, and they’ve done an admirable job of making sure there is an abundance of options. Gifted programs, foreign language immersion schools, charter schools with a patriotic focus, etc.

He won’t be going to any of those, however. As we’ve anticipated since before he was born, he’s going to be homeschooled.

“So, if you don’t mind me asking, why are you homeschooling? Is it for academic or moral reasons or what?”

No one asks these questions of parents who send their kids to the Japanese immersion school. (more…)

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May 03rd, 2016 01:11:36

The worst part of this election season

March 23rd, 2016 by Vader

Is how many of my interactions online, even with old friends with whom I usually agree, have become testy.

It is very tempting to withdraw into my meditation chamber and not come out until December.

But that won’t pay the bills, so I remind myself that there is no salvation in politics.

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March 23rd, 2016 13:22:39

Translating the scriptures

March 22nd, 2016 by Vader

An article from the April Ensign.

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March 22nd, 2016 11:52:54

Angina Monologue 29

March 21st, 2016 by Vader

His Majesty didn’t come to breakfast the other day.

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March 21st, 2016 14:08:46

No Repentance without Punishment

March 04th, 2016 by G.

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Now, repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was eternal.

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March 04th, 2016 07:44:36

The Salmon is the Work of God’s Hands

March 03rd, 2016 by G.

A Northwest tribe pooled money to fertilize the nearby ocean with iron sulfate. They hoped to boost plankton, giving wild salmon more to eat.

They succeeded in spades. The salmon catch quadrupled.

This year, the number of salmon caught in the northeast Pacific more than quadrupled, going from 50 million to 226 million. In the Fraser River, which only once before in history had a salmon run greater than 25 million fish (about 45 million in 2010), the number of salmon increased to 72 million.

I deeply respect the tribe’s initiative and self-help in the service of the common good and of their customs. This is how people should live. (more…)

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March 03rd, 2016 08:19:46

Deification of the Dust

March 02nd, 2016 by G.

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Adam and Eve were created from the dust, the scriptures tell us. We haven’t escaped that lowly origin. Dust is where we come from, dust is who we are, and dust is where we are headed. (more…)

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March 02nd, 2016 07:18:14

Patriarchy, Risk and Reward

March 01st, 2016 by G.

Patriarchy is the theory that men should be the primary bearers of risks. Risk of death or injury, risk of bankruptcy and failure. In marriage the wife shares much of the risk, but even then the risk is disproportioned. If a man dies his family’s prospects will be badly damaged, but they will at least still be alive. If a man fails at business, his whole family shares his poverty, but only a part of his shame. (more…)

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March 01st, 2016 07:20:45